Our residents recommend parking in the surrounding areas and not on the 'main' route. The streets on the Seaside Holiday Lights main route (see map tab), are designated for one side of the street parking to allow access for police & other emergency vehicles. The designated one side of the street parking is usually taken up by the residents earlier in the day which limits the available parking that was available from years past. We recommend parking near Tulita Elementary school and the surrounding streets of the school. That entrance is only accessible by walking which makes for a safer entry for pedestrians and strollers. Be aware of parking restrictions displayed on street signs.
No this is a residential neighborhood in Torrance and there are no public bathrooms. Please do not urinate in the streets or on a resident's property. Yes people actually do that all the time! Plan ahead to use the restroom before visiting the Seaside Holiday Lights display. You can always stop at the nearby Taco Bell, Ralph's or CVS and use their bathroom. While it may be tempting to ask a resident to use their restroom if you or your child have to 'go', please understand that no one wants to let strangers into their home. It's simply not safe and as a general rule of thumb residents usually say no.
There are plenty of food & drink options that are sold by residents on their property. You'll find plenty of options such as churros, soup, hot dogs, water, hot cocoa and much more! Buying the food Seaside Holiday Lights residents sell is a great way to support the community. Please don't forget to dispose of the trash in the trash receptacles provided by the City of Torrance. If they are full, then please take your trash home.
Seaside Holiday Lights residents are the only permitted vendors allowed to sell food from their property. The City of Torrance requires residents to obtain a Business License & a Home Occupation Permit. Second, LA County requires a Cottage Food Permit if the home vendor wishes to sell home-made food. Roaming food or souvenir vendors are not permitted and will be asked to leave.
2019 CITY RESTRICTIONS
If you drive thru the Seaside Holiday Lights......Be prepared for traffic. LOTS OF TRAFFIC - particularly on the weekends. The best way to enter the neighborhood if you are driving through and want to stay in your car, is via PCH. Remember, this is a residential neighborhood and please be mindful of not playing loud music, blocking driveways, parking on the designated one side of the street and obey all traffic laws. That includes not letting people hang out of moving vehicles because let's be honest, it's just not safe. Also please drive with your LIGHTS ON. There are so many pedestrians and the only way to see moving vehicles is if the lights are on. It's extremely dangerous to drive without your lights on with so much traffic.
If you decide to walk the Seaside Holiday Lights......park in the surrounding areas and walk in. Please be careful pushing strollers in the street and try to stay on sidewalks. Please do not walk onto lawns, jump fences or enter the resident properties unless the owner of the home has decorations that are clearly meant for photo ops.
Many residents put up their lights on Thanksgiving weekend and leave them up through New Years, so lights are up for about a 6-week period. Most lights displays are voluntarily on from 6pm to 10pm. During the week is less busy of course with weekends being very busy with heavier traffic. The 2 weeks leading up to Christmas is the peak time and it can be extremely difficult to get in and out of the neighborhood. Residents recommend planning ahead and reminding visitors to be respectful of our neighborhood. Remember these light displays are in front of our homes where we live. Let's all do our part to not ruin the fun for everyone.
Seaside Holiday Lights residents recommend entering off PCH in Torrance. Turn north onto Calle Mayor (at Taco Bell) or north at Robert Road. Another main artery entrance is from Sepulveda Blvd. Turn south onto Anza Avenue (at Villa Hermosa Plant Shop), then west onto Vanderhill Drive or Calle Mayor. Also see the map page for more details & options. On the maps page is an address you can use to enter into your maps app.
Yes there is. The City of Torrance assigns roaming police on bicycles and also has officers stationed throughout the neighborhood & on PCH. They will enforce the no parking on one side of the street, no roaming vendors, no outside vendors, obey all traffic laws, they will ticket for moving vehicle violations, noise ordinances and can assist when needed. Criminal activity increases during the holidays so please, if you see something, say something.
Please do not enter anyone's yard or property unless it's clearly obvious that the decoration is meant to be a photo op. Wooden face cut out displays are meant for photo ops and the owner is allowing for access onto their property. But please do not jump a fence to take a picture for the gram - it's trespassing. Do not cross any barrier or boundary that is placed on someone's property. And you would think this goes without saying but....please don't steal or vandalize the displays. Hours and hours are spent from residents making signs and displays (sometimes by hand) throughout the year. It's heartbreaking to have those displays stolen. Don't be a scrooge!
The lights displays are not City of Torrance sponsored so Seaside Holiday Lights residents have to deal with the management and clean up of trash on their own. It's no fun for residents to have dirty diapers or food trash left on their lawn or in their driveway. Please be Santa's helper and make sure to dispose of your trash in a trash can or if they are full, take it with you. Please don't be a litterbug!
Be civil to everyone, be safe, be mindful that the residents themselves paid for and put up their own displays, don't steal or vandalize, and take home your memories, your trash and your photos. Hope you enjoy our neighborhood and we wish you holiday cheer!
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